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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Nonresponse Bias in Estimates From the 2012 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
An analysis of potential nonresponse bias in 2012 NAMCS estimates of physicians and visits to physicians. Includes data comparing metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and non-MSA response rates.
Author(s): Esther Hing, Iris M. Shimizu, Anjali Talwalkar
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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An Ethnographic Meta-Synthesis of Three Southwestern Rural Studies
Summarizes the findings from three ethnographic, community-partnered studies in the rural Colorado and New Mexico. Describes the process of meta-ethnography as a strategy for synthesizing findings.
Author(s): Jennifer B. Averill
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 33(1), 32-41
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Bringing Community and Academic Scholars Together to Facilitate and Conduct Authentic Community Based Participatory Research: Project UNITED
Offers an overview of a community based participatory research (CBPR) grant proposal and a comprehensive CBPR obesity-related program to facilitate and promote collaboration between academic researchers and a community to address obesity related health disparities, primarily among African American communities in the rural South.
Author(s): Dwight Lewis Jr., Lea Yerby, Melanie Tucker, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1), 35
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Aging Well in the 21st Century: Strategic Directions for Research on Aging
Outlines the priorities of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Goal F focuses on improving the health status of older adults in diverse populations, including rural older adults.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute on Aging
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Comprehension of Randomization and Uncertainty in Cancer Clinical Trials Decision-Making among Rural, Appalachian Patients
Explores Appalachian patients' comprehension of the randomization process in cancer randomized clinical trials (RCT) as a component of informed consent. Examines sources of ongoing uncertainty that can obstruct a patient's ability to provide informed consent to participate in a RCT.
Author(s): Janice L. Krieger, Angela Palmer-Wackerly, Phokeng M. Dailey, et al.
Citation: Journal of Cancer Education, 30(4), 743-748
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
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Acceptability and Feasibility of Physical Activity Assessment Methods for an Appalachian Population
Examines the reliability, validity, acceptability, and feasibility of three self-reported physical activity assessment methods among children, adolescents, and adults living in rural Appalachia Kentucky. Includes descriptive statistics and data on the self-report physical activity questionnaires, pedometers, and accelerometers.
Author(s): Yelena N. Tarasenko, Britteny M. Howell, Christina R. Studts, Scott J. Strath, Nancy E. Schoenberg
Citation: Journal of Community Health, 40(4), 714-724
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Advancing Suicide Prevention Research with Rural American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Summarizes the conclusions from a meeting of a multidisciplinary group of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) suicide research experts to discuss the persistent issues related to suicide disproportionately affecting Indigenous communities. Identifies challenges hindering improvement in Indigenous suicide research and provides recommendations to support and strengthen Indigenous suicide research.
Author(s): Lisa Wexler, Michael Chandler, Joseph P. Gone, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 105(5), 891-899
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
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Evaluating Tablet Computers as a Survey Tool in Rural Communities
Examines whether two survey methods, paper and pencil versus tablet computers, yield similar survey responses to common health questionnaires in undeserved rural communities. Examines perceptions of usability for each survey method and whether findings could be replicated between the survey methods.
Author(s): Steve M. Newell, Henrietta L. Logan, Yi Guo, John G. Marks, James A. Shepperd
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 31(1), 108-117
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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An Optimization Framework for Measuring Spatial Access over Healthcare Networks
Examines spatial access, a dimension of healthcare access, using an optimization framework involving supply, demand, and network structure. Includes optimization models, maps, and accessibility estimates.
Author(s): Zihao Li, Nicoleta Serban, Julie L. Swann
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 15, 273
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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The Social Determinants of Health of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity: A Research Framework
Examines the social determinants of health related to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes from a Native perspective, considering historical trauma, self-determination, and cultural factors. Looks at currently available information, identifies gaps, and provides a research framework to help build a better understanding of the causes of child obesity among Native Americans.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Notah Begay III Foundation
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